WINE REVIEW: A toast to the fallen for Anzac Day
ANZAC Day. The day when we and our Kiwi brethren forget all the trans-Tasman rivalries and pause to remember thousands of young men shipped across the seas to a foreign shore, only to be part of one of the great martial tragedies of all time at the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey.
The battle over many months has become such a formative event of the then two emerging nations and it also saw the rise of Kemal Ataturk, known as the father of modern Turkey.
This edition pays homage to the wines of New Zealand, Australia and, of course, Turkey.
Giesen Estate, Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, NZ, 2016
Sauv blanc is the foot solider of the NZ wine industry and this wears its Silver Fern with plenty of pride. Jasmine double cream, blackberry leaf, grapefruit, greengage and the right amount of passionfruit seeds sees this rise higher in the ranks than many mid-priced offerings. Available at major retailers.
Suvla, Syrah, Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey, 2015
This syrah/shiraz is grown on the peninsula the Anzacs landed at on the morning of April 25, 1915. Fragrant blackberry and smooth vanilla bean mix with dried herbs, white pepper and earthy bluestone. Richly fruited yet finishing with a black olive savoury quality for balance with fine gravelly tannin. See www.opalwines.com.au for stockists.
Voyager Estate, Cabernet Merlot, Margaret River, 2012
Voyager Estate regularly holds masterclasses to compare their wines against the rest of the world. Elegant aromas of regional eucalypt, mulberry, cassis, pink peppercorns, cigar box and some mature leather. Statuesque palate with smoky oak influences and forthright tannins. Available at major retailers.